John Anthony Di Giovanni
Median Market Value
The limited edition of Jaws by Peter Benchley is presented in four states: Artist, Numbered, Lettered and Roman Numeral. The editions are oversized at 7” x 10” and feature six full color illustrations by John Anthony Di Giovanni as well as a new exclusive introduction by Wendy Benchley. The Roman Numeral and Lettered editions are signed by Wendy Benchley, John Anthony Di Giovanni and Roger Kastel. The Numbered edition is signed by Wendy Benchley and John Anthony Di Giovanni. The Artist edition is signed by John Anthony Di Giovanni.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a bradel binding featuring genuine fish leather on the spine and leather boards. Endsheets are hand marbled for this edition. The enclosure is a custom built wooden box with glass portholes on the lid and a laser engraved metal plate at the top edge, which is inspired by the Orca fishing boat from the novel. The edition is printed offset on moldmade Arches Text and is signed by Wendy Benchley, John Anthony Di Giovanni and Roger Kastel.
A by-product of the fishing industry, these sustainably sourced fish leathers are made by artist and Ancestral Skills Educator, Janey Chang. This video demonstrates the craft of fish leather making.
These skins are from wild pacific salmon that have been diverted from the waste stream and repurposed into beautiful, durable leather. They are tanned in the artist’s home using 100% natural tanning methods and natural plant dyes without the use of harmful or synthetic substances. Each piece is made exclusively for this edition, and will have its own unique tone and depth of color, as well as unique scale pocket texture. Fish skin leather is a strong textile and is a traditional ancestral skill that has been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years along coastlines and rivers all over the world. The range of tones and shades and textures will vary, lending themselves to the uniqueness of each finished piece. As natural dyes will shift or fade over time, this will add to the natural beauty and character.
Adding 1 of 50 giclée prints to any Jaws state will significantly elevate the combined value. These prints were not numbered so no matching can be done on that part. On the other hand, a matching paperweight will top things off nicely. The cubes however, can match any number, and even letters or roman numerals. So a matching set of the paperweight with any Jaws state, plus a giclée will be rare.
Check out the other states and collectibles of this book: